As First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said, as triathletes, sometimes we must "Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway."
Sleep - so crucial to athletes for restoration of Hgh among other reasons. Why is it that some of us still leave our phones nearby all night? Is it to get that emergency message from our air carrier about the latest unimportant lettuce keeper that could be purchased with frequent flyer miles? Or the hotel chain great deal on a queen........
The "right" thing to do would be, with the phone on airplane mode or do not disturb, charging in another room so the pale light of the screen doesn't disturb our phase IV sleep, to check it in the morning after our well-earned nights rest.
Supplements - mostly you're better off not spending the money
I was teaching a course in South Carolina last year to a couple hundred Primary Care docs, Nurse Practitioners and PA's. It's one of my favorite things. They absolutely thirst for knowledge. What's special about these sessions is that after a 2 hour lecture, we just sit down and talk shop. You see, they know they'll never see me again so they're free to ask me "stupid questions." These are generally things they've wondered about for a long time but couldn't ask the doc back home as they might "look stupid."
Many years ago I heard about a woman recounting a story about an old man who used to answer all her "stupid questions." She explained "If you ask a question, it makes you look stupid for 5 minutes - but if you don't ask - you stay stupid for fifty years, so always ask questions in your life." Sometimes we talk for a long time.
After the lecture one of the reps that was detailing a new product said to eliminate toe nail fungus, a real problem without easy answers in many patients, approached me. Since all the attendees had gone, she gave me a few samples of the attractive boxes with serious looking brown bottles inside, and the 60 sec sales pitch on why this would be the next best selling solution. At that point, I could have just taken her very convincing word on why this would be successful and start encouraging my runner/swimmer friends to use it, or, do my home work and research it first. I chose the latter.
I wouldn't let someone give me an injection without knowing what it was, or take some unknown supplement just because the guy at the store in aisle 6 said it would make me recover 20% faster. Neither could I use or recommend this toe nail fungus medicine for the same reason. As Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the movie Jerry Maguire, repeatedly said, "Show me the money!"
Like most docs, I've done this before many times and it's a simple matter of going to the product web site, reviewing it, and proceeding from there. Bad sign #1 - no product web site. Only with the help of Google, and a good bit of patience, could I find anything about this liquid. Pay dirt! But not at all what I expected. Is this some kind of recently discovered miracle anti-fungal just distilled from plants in Africa? Nope. Is this some kind of recently discovered miracle antibiotic just distilled from plants in Asia? Nope. This miracle product, that I was supposed to stake my reputation on by recommending it to friends and athletes was.....wait for it.... simply the same antiseptic you clean hot tubs with!
Fake Web Site
Someone with something to gain (think money) has set up a bogus web site ostensibly evaluating a similar product against others on the market. Really. I didn't believe it at first either. Go to http://toenail-fungus-rankings.zetaclear.com/privacy-policy.html . Take 5 seconds to check it out. Looks like a real eval of several products by some type of expert, right? Say you want to contact them and hit "contact us," just like in the cowboy movies, it leads into box canyon. A dead end.
All of us need to remember that the dietary supplement industry is essentially unregulated. It's not overseen by the FDA as pharmaceutical products are. In fact, neither you nor I have any idea if any of these products are safe, effective or cause cancer! We simply don't know since the supplement industry operates under a different set of rules. Of the 54,000 products currently marketed only 170, that's one hundred seventy, or 0.3% have documented safety tests.
The following is on Amazon.com about this toe nail fungus product Zeta-clear:
yes it is a scam and I have tried many natural curesHi, so it is true. Zeta Clear does weirdly dominate the internet and fakes their own positive reviews. This product does not work and the company unethically deletes negative reviews off the internet.
Apparently this is well known. To everyone but me that is.
I make this point because salespeople, print or web ads, anyone, can make something like the "extract of Bubinka juice" sound like exactly what you need, free speed. You need remember the old adage that if it's too good to be true, it probably is. They sound good at first but with the test of time are disproven. Over and over and over and..........
But hey, they think you're stupid and will buy anything. Prove them wrong!